PASTURES DISTRICT — After a neck-to-neck race that came down to less than 200 votes, Pam Carter came out of the election night victorious and reelected for the Board of Supervisors seat for the Pastures District, according to the numbers released by the county registrars office.
Pam Carter was first elected in 2018 after beating Supervisor Tracy Pyles, a longstanding board member who was also her opponent during this year's election.
Carter is a registered nurse and graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor's degree. She then continued on to get a master's in nursing through the University of Iowa online.
Following her education, she taught at Mary Baldwin University through the College of Health Sciences.
Carter's platform has run mainly on her support for expanding broadband in rural Virginia. She also is interested in improving cell service and helping fund law enforcement through the county.
"The lack of cell service in the Deerfield area is a serious safety issue. When someone needs to call 911, they may need to drive to find a land line or cell service. This impacts response time and may contribute to an undesired outcome," Carter said.
Augusta County Board of Supervisors Pastures District seat race results:
Pam Carter — 2,088 — 51.5%
Tracy Pyles — 1,932 — 47.7%
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Pyles graduated from James Madison University and served in the U.S Navy for four years. He worked in industry for 35 years and served on the Augusta County Service Authority. He served on the Board of Supervisors for the Pastures District since 1996 before losing to Carter in 2018.
"I will watch what happens with the Courthouse but my joy in representing you is over. I am proud of winning 6 times but my expiration date has come," Pyles said after the results began to wind down on his public Facebook page. "Thanks for all the generous support, the many good wishes, the effort to help get votes. I leave knowing I gave it my best. Thanks for everything."
Pyles told the community he would continue to advocate for lowered taxes on behalf of his family and his fellow citizens.
Supervisors Gerald Garber and Butch Wells were on the ballots in Augusta County as well, although both ran unopposed and won the majority of the citizen's votes.
The only pending votes in the election are Absentee ballots post-dated by Nov. 2, which have until Friday to arrive to be counted at the registrar's office.
— Alison Cutler (she/her) is the Government Watchdog Reporter at The News Leader. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Contact Alison at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @alisonjc2.
Source : https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/local/2021/11/03/board-supervisors-candidates-carter-and-pyles-were-neck-neck-election/6260440001/946